Anatomical Society Summer Meeting

Cutting Edge Anatomy

7th – 9th July 2021

University of Glasgow: Virtual Conference


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We are proud to welcome you to the Anatomical Society Summer Meeting 2021, hosted online by the University of Glasgow.

The second Virtual Anatomical Society meeting will cover cutting edge anatomy across multiple themes including: Neuroanatomy, Developmental Anatomy, Anatomy & Museum, and Anatomy & Disease. 

Why you

should attend

The aim of the Anatomical Society's Scientific Meetings is to promote high quality science and research in the anatomical sciences.

One of the greatest strengths of the Society is its diversity and nowhere is this exemplified better than by the range of topics at our meetings. We have invited talks from both national and international speakers. We also welcome abstracts for oral presentations, flash talks and posters on any topic in anatomical science and anatomy education.

The abstract submission deadline has now closed. Please see our conference FAQs for more information. Registration for the second Virtual Anatomical Society Meeting will be free of charge to delegates. Registration Closing 5pm, Monday 5th July 2021.

Join this virtual meeting to learn more about cutting edge developments across the anatomical sciences and network with a diverse range of anatomists.



Public Engagement in Anatomy - Professor Paul M. Rea

6th July 2021, 09:00 - 11:00 BST

This pre-conference workshop will be split into 2 parts. The first part will be a live talk and Q&A which will examine all the events run by the Anatomy Facility at the University of Glasgow. It will highlight the key element of developing partnerships and collegiality with different organisations like the NHS, Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow, School of Simulation and Visualisation, University of Edinburgh, Glasgow Science Centre, Hunterian Museum, as well as local schools and other national organisations. It will showcase the different elements that can be considered when undertaking large scale public engagement events in anatomy. It will also highlight key points of anatomical legislation to consider when running these types of events. 

The second part will involve Zoom breakout rooms to help you plan and organise public engagement events, and what you might need to consider in making this happen for your local teams. 

This will be lead by Professor Paul M. Rea who is the lead for Public Engagement in the Anatomy Facility at the University of Glasgow. 


Exploring the representation of the female body in rare anatomy books - Dr Ourania Varsou and Mr Robert MacLean

6th July 2021, 12:00 - 13:00 BST

Join this pre-conference virtual workshop to interactively explore the representation of the female body as depicted in anatomical illustrations of rare books. After a short introduction to the topic by Dr Varsou and a brief overview of the University of Glasgow's Archives and Special Collections by Mr MacLean, we will discuss a set of rare anatomy books with a focus on the portrayal of the female body. For this part of the workshop, Dr Varsou and Mr MacLean will handle and explore a set of hand-picked rare books, including zooming into key parts of the anatomical illustrations to unravel hidden themes on equality and diversity, with this being live streamed to the audience. This will be followed by an interactive discussion, in Zoom break-out rooms, of the most pertinent topics raised. We look forward to seeing you there!

Content Warning: Please note that this talk will contain anatomical/medical depictions of the naked female form and anatomical dissections, including those of the pregnant abdomen/pelvis.

Led by Dr Ourania Varsou (Lecturer in Anatomy, University of Glasgow) in collaboration with Mr Robert MacLean (Archives & Special Collections Assisstant Librarian, University of Glasgow).


Registration for pre-conference workshops will open on Monday 14th June at 9am BST. To register, please email the contact for the workshop you would like to attend, once registration opens. Places on workshops are limited and will be on a first-come, first-served basisPlease note that the workshops are only available to delegates who have registered for the main conference. 



CHAIR: Eilidh Ferguson @Ferguson_Eilidh

Conference Welcome

09:00 – 09:10

Iain McInnes (University of Glasgow, UK)

Head of College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences

09:10 – 09:20

Fabio Quondamatteo (RSCI Dublin, Ireland)


Former Chair in Anatomy Glasgow

09:20 – 09:30

Simon Guild (University of Glasgow, UK)

Head of School of Life Sciences


09:30 – 10:00

Tom Gillingwater (University of Edinburgh, UK)


Anatomy of a human synapse

10:00 – 10:30

Rosario Moratalla (Cajal Institute, Spain)

Ultrastructural synaptic plasticity changes in Parkinson´s disease and dyskinesia

10:30 – 10:40

Sponsor Talk: Stewart Fields and Rani Southern-Darbar (Wolters Kluwer)

A brief overview of the Wolters Kluwer digital and print resources to support instructors and students

10:40 – 10:50


10:50 –11:15

Posters | Poster Hall

Exhibitors | Exhibit Hall


CHAIR: Anthony Payne 


11:15 – 11:30

Andrea D Rivera (University of Padua, Italy)


Decline of oligodendrogenesis and myelination in the ageing brain

11:30 – 11:45

Olivia Davis (University of Glasgow, UK)

@Livdavis117   @DaveHughes_Gla   @spinalcordgroup

Identification of a source of presynaptic inhibition to non-peptidergic C-fibres in the mouse spinal dorsal horn

11:45 – 12:00

J. Arjuna Ratnayaka (Southampton University, UK)

3D-imaging reveals novel organisational insights into the mouse outer retina.

12:00 – 12:15

Aron Emmi (University of Padova, Italy)

COVID-19 Neuropathology: evidence for SARS-CoV-2 invasion of anatomically defined regions in the human CNS

12:15 – 12:25

Sponsor Talk: Aaron Grieve (Elsevier)

Complete Anatomy: 2021 and hybrid learning tools

12:25 – 12:50


12:50 –13:30

Posters | Poster Hall

Exhibitors | Exhibit Hall


CHAIR: D. Ceri Davies


13:30 – 13:35

Michelle Welsh (University of Glasgow, UK)

@mwelshUoG   @OuraniaVarsou

Assessing human anatomy students’ perceptions of the interim online teaching and assessment measures, during the COVID-19 pandemic, at the University of Glasgow

13:35 – 13:40

James Spittle and Valentina Bravo (University of Exeter, UK)

A novel three-dimensional papercraft modelling activity for hands-on remote learning of reproductive anatomy during coronavirus restrictions

13:40 – 13:45

Paula Vickerton (Queen Mary University of London, UK)

Anatomy teaching in the times of COVID: do students perceive online teaching as experiential learning?

13:45 – 13:50

Saqib Ashraf (University of Manchester, UK)

Evaluating student perceptions of anatomy teaching methods before and during the COVID-19 pandemic to improve the direction of anatomy teaching at the University of Manchester

13:50 – 13:55

Mutahira Lone (University College Cork, Ireland)

@mutahira_lone   @AndreToulouse01   @MawaddaAmohamed

Can UDL principles be successfully employed for an online tooth morphology module during the COVID-19 pandemic?

13:55 - 14:00

Georga Longhurst (St. George's University of London, UK)

@AnatOmg @DanyaStone @AnnaliseAnatomy @ScottBorder1 @Domathyobrien

Pandemic Anatomy Education: The changing study habits of students Learning Anatomy in The United Kingdom and Ireland

14:00 – 14:05

Anjum Chaudhry (Newcastle University, UK)

@dr_keenan   @kscotcher

Student and educator perceptions of remote anatomy learning

14:05 – 14:10

Güneş Aytaç (TOBB University of Economics and Technology, Turkey)

Assessing student opinion of online, case-based gross anatomy learning for abdominal cavity utilizing MRI and XR technology

14:10 – 14:15

Matthew O'Hagan (University of London, UK)

Evaluating whether medical student knowledge of clinical ear anatomy meets learning objectives, and whether it can be improved using dissected specimens during the COVID-19 pandemic.

14:15 – 14:20

Iain D. Keenan, Emily Green and Kayleigh Scotcher (Newcastle University, UK)

@dr_keenan @emilyanatomy @kscotcher 

Rapid and medium-term adaptations to COVID-19: Insights from an undergraduate medical programme.

14:20 – 14:25

Craig Johnson (University of Bristol, UK)

@AnatomyCraig   @LucyHyde87   @Sxpat

Collaborative, two-directional live streaming to deliver hands-on human and canine cadaveric dissection experience during the COVID-19 lockdown

14:25 – 14:30

Hailey Laurayne and Papakas Wijeyendram (Southampton University, UK)

@ScottBorder1   @Wijeyendram

Building a Community of Practice during pandemic anatomy teaching: Combining a face to face and remote Near-Peer Teaching program to support clinical neuroanatomy education in Medicine

14:30 – 14:45



Posters | Poster Hall

Exhibitors | Exhibit Hall


CHAIR: Claire Tierney @ClaireTierney13


15:15 – 15:30

Alexander S. Campbell (University of Cambridge, UK)

Identifying novel molecular mechanisms underlying electrosensory vs. mechanosensory lateral line organ development in a sturgeon, Acipenser ruthenus

15:30 – 15:45

Olivia Dinwoodie (King's College London, UK)

Understanding the Role of Wnts During the Regeneration of the Murine Tympanic Membrane

15:45 – 16:00

Lucinda Evans (Royal Veterinary College London, UK)

Do age-related differences in healthy and osteoarthritic mouse tibias show future imaging biomarkers?

16:00 – 16:15

Marcello Trucas (La Sapienza University of Rome, Italy)

Morphological investigation of endothelial and sub-endothelial alterations associated with sickle cell trait in a mouse model

16:15 – 16:30

Jagadeesh Dhamodharan ( AIMST University, Malaysia)


Neuroanatomical evaluation of the therapeutic potential of rutin and gefitinib in βamyloid oligomer induced Alzheimer disease in Swiss albino mice and to probe the neuroanatomical parallels between lissencephalic Alzheimer mice brain with gyrencephalic human brains

16:30 – 17:00



CHAIR: Paul Rea @medicalvis

17:00 - 17:30

Sophie Miller Memorial Prize Talk

Miss Christina Loukopoulou (University of Edinburgh, UK)


Amalgamating anatomy with tissue engineering to produce an anatomically and clinically relevant in vitro bone-tendon construct for flexor tendon repair

17:30 – 18:30

Plenary Lecture

Stuart McDonald (University of Glasgow, UK) 

William Hunter and his Anatomical and Pathological Collections


CHAIR: Eilidh Ferguson @Ferguson_Eilidh


09:00 – 09:30

Steph Scholten (Hunterian Museum Glasgow, UK)


Repatriation of non-Western skulls from museum collections – dilemma’s and challenge

09:30 – 10:00

Francis Wells (Royal Papworth Hospital Cambridge, UK)

The Anatomy of the heart through the eyes of Leonardo da Vinci

10:00 – 10:15

Veronica Papa (University of Naples, Italy)


Preliminary notes on a human eared skull

10:15 – 10:25

Sponsor Talk: Luca Conti (Sectra)

Is your institution already using cutting-edge technology to boost learning?

10:25 – 10:35



Posters | Poster Hall

Exhibitors | Exhibit Hall


CHAIR: Ourania Varsou @OuraniaVarsou


11:00 – 11:30

Siobhan Loughna (University of Nottingham, UK)

Genetics of congenital heart defects

11:30 – 11:45

Amy Manson (University of Liverpool, UK)


Neuronal wiring length and brain shape in Homo sapiens and Macaca mulatta during postnatal development

11:45 – 12:00

Vensuya Bisetty (University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa)


Tessier Clefts – Numbers 3 and 4: Presentation of soft tissue and bony deformities in a South African population

12:00 – 12:15

Juliana Sánchez-Posada, (University of Sheffield, UK)

@J_SanchezPosada @noelresearchlab

morphoHeart: a novel tool to capture, quantify and link 3D asymmetric heart morphogenesis with spatiotemporal extracellular matrix dynamics in zebrafish cardiac development

12:15 – 12:25

Sponsor Talk: Ors Adam (4D Anatomy)

12:25 – 13:00


13:00 –13:30

Posters | Poster Hall

Exhibitors | Exhibit Hall


CHAIR: Abigail Tucker


13:30 – 14:00

Niamh Nowlan (University College Dublin, Ireland)

Mechanical forces are necessary for normal composition & structure of collagens during prenatal skeletogenesis


14:00 – 14:15

Nivana Mohan (University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa)

Anthropometric orbital measurements in a paediatric population

14:15 – 14:30

Ker Woon Choy (Universiti Teknologi MARA, Malaysia)

Identification of Age: A Three-Dimensional Geometric Morphometric and Conventional Analysis of Human Fourth Cervical Vertebrae in Adult Malaysian Population

14:30 – 14:45

Patrick Arnold (University of Potsdam, Germany)

A Mesozoic "woodpecker"? Functional morphology of the neck in Zalambdalestes lechei (Mammalia: Eutheria) informed by micro-CT study

14:45 – 15:00

Manisha Chaudhari (Dr. M.K. Shah Medical College, India)


A study on the morphological variations of the liver and it’s clinical implications in Gujarat region

15:00 – 15:15

Özlem Elvan (Mersin University, Turkey)

Relationship between buccal branches of the facial nerve, parotid duct, buccal fat pad and Zuker’s point

15:15 – 15:25

Sponsor Talk : Dave Hughes (Primal Pictures)


Primal Pictures' 30th Birthday Celebration

15:25 – 15:40


15:40 –16:00

Posters | Poster Hall

Exhibitors | Exhibit Hall


CHAIR: Joanna Matthan @DocMatthan


16:00 – 16:15

Chloe Swords (University of Cambridge, UK)

@ swords_chloe

Creation of patient-specific 3D-printed model of the human cochlea to evaluate the electrical characteristics of cochlear implants: validation study of normal and inner ear malformations

16:15 – 16:30

Christian Myles (University College Dublin, Ireland)

Human Cadaver-specific 3D printing of abdominal anatomy

16:30 – 16:45

Sara Bandiera (University of Oxford, UK)


Characterization of the earliest thalamocortical interactions in the human fetal brain

16:45 – 17:00

Andrew Lunn (Bangor University, UK)

@AndrewLunn16 @TheASHEProject

The vertebral artery blood supply to the brain and its relationship with cognition across the taxonomic classes: Mammalia and Aves

17:00 – 17:15

Josepha Godivier (Imperial College London, UK)

Successful prediction of zebrafish jaw joint morphogenesis using a biologically informed finite element simulation


19:30 – 21:00

HOST: Jeremy Mortimer @j_w_mortimer



CHAIR: Fabio Quondamatteo @FabQu_


09:00 – 09:30

Tom Van Agtmael (University of Glasgow, UK)


Collagen IV in the heart: an underappreciated matrix component?

09:30 – 10:00

Jens Waschke (Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich, Germany)

From intact skin to normal heart beat- it‘s all about cell adhesion!


10:00 – 10:15

Alannah J Mole (University of Sheffield, UK)

@AlannahMole @MurrayLabEd

Investigating factors that can influence the rate of neuromuscular junction degeneration in injury using murine models

10:15 – 10:30

Elizabeth Sainsbury (RCSI Dublin, Ireland)

@ElizabethSains1 @fjobrien @CarolineCurtin8

Collagen-based scaffolds as 3D breast cancer models for investigation of epithelial-tomesenchymal transition progression

10:30 – 10:45

James WJ White (University College Dublin, Ireland)


Changes in the Visceral Adipose Tissue Proteome in Experimental Type 2 Diabetes and the Impact of Roux-en-Y-Gastric Bypass Surgery

10:45 – 11:00

Isabel Amado (RCSI Dublin, Ireland)

@isabelanatomy @orankennedy

A novel rat osteochondral explant model to study chemical and mechanical damage in PTOA

11:00 – 11:15



Posters | Poster Hall

Exhibitors | Exhibit Hall


CHAIR: Eilidh Ferguson @Ferguson_Eilidh


11:30 – 12:00

Caroline Wilkinson (Liverpool John Moores University, UK)


Presenting Faces of the Dead in Museum Collections

12:00 – 12:30

Bill Edwards (Gordon Museum London, UK)

The Medical Museum - Blending the best of the Past and Present to build the Future

12:30 – 12:40

Sponsor Talk: Panagiota Kordali (3D Organon)


Digital anatomy with 3D Organon in the post-pandemic era.

12:40 – 13:10


13:10 –14:00

Posters | Poster Hall

Exhibitors | Exhibit Hall


CHAIR: Ourania Varsou @OuraniaVarsou


14:00 – 14:30

James Pickering (University of Leeds, UK)


Designing Anatomy Curricula for the Future

14:30 – 14:45

Rohan Bhate (University of London, UK)

Does teaching with digital 3D models enhance student’s anatomical understanding compared to 2D images?

14:45 – 15:00

Kate Dulohery (University of Sunderland, UK)

Impact of digital dissection tools on learner gain of lumbosacral and brachial nerve plexuses

15:00 – 15:10

Sponsor Talk: Samar Khan (Anatomage)

Interactive A&P learning through virtual dissection

15:10 – 15:25



Posters | Poster Hall

Exhibitors | Exhibit Hall


CHAIR: Paul Rea @medicalvis


15:30 – 15:45

Renato L Previdelli (Royal Veterinary College London, UK)

The Canine Abdomen Wiki Dissection as a novel group activity for learning veterinary anatomy

15:45 – 16:00

Natasha Noel-Barker (University of Sheffield, UK)

Ethnic Representation Amongst Anatomical Teaching Resources: Students' Perceptions of Inclusivity

16:00 – 16:15

Emily Green, Kayleigh Scotcher and Iain D. Keenan (Newcastle University, UK)

@dr_keenan @kscotcher @emilyanatomy

A novel cadaveric embalming technique for enhancing visualisation of human anatomy

16:15 – 16:45

Claudia Krebs (University of British Columbia, Canada)

Creating technology for anatomy education: making it better, not just different.

16:45 – 17:00


16:45 – 16: 55

Joanna Matthan (Anatomical Society Honorary Secretary)


16:55 – 17:00

Eilidh Ferguson (Anatomical Society Local Conference Organiser)


Simon Parson (Anatomical Society President)


Meet our




We are aiming to provide several opportunities for networking during the virtual summer meeting, including evening social events and an online virtual conference café.

Social Events

Student/Early Career Social Event: Wednesday 7th July 2021, 7.30-9:00pm

Details: A fun virtual social event open to all students and early career members, where you'll be able to meet like-minded people and network with others in the anatomy community. The event will be interactive and involve ice-breakers and party games in small teams!

To register for the event, use the link below and you'll be sent joining information via email:

If you would like more information, please email

Open Social Event: Thursday 8th July, 7.30-9.00pm

Details: Presented by University of Glasgow students in the theme of Richard Osman's 'House of Games', this is an informal virtual social event for all the family where you can socialise with other conference attendees whilst challenging your quiz brain.

Join this event through the conference auditorium.

Conference Café 

Visit our virtual Conference Café  to network and meet other conference delegates. Walk around the virtual space and speak to people you encounter. You can access the café through the conference lobby.

Please note the Conference Café is hosted on an external site and only works with Chrome web browser. You do not need to create an account to access the site, just type in your name and select "enter".

You can also chat and video call with colleagues using the networking tab on the conference platform.

Frequently Asked Questions

The conference will take place online, however, you still will need to register. You can register for the conference here. Conference registration will close on Monday 5th July 2021 at 5pm (UK time).

You can register for pre-conference workshops using the information here : Please note that the workshops are only available to delegates who have registered for the main conference.

Abstract submission is now closed. 
No. You do not need to download or install any software to participate. You only need to have access to the internet.
You can use your email address that you have entered during registration to login on the day of the event.
The conference will be held 7th-9th July 2021, with each conference day beginning at around 9:00am (UK time). Some conference elements, including posters and recorded sessions will be available on demand for 30 days following the conference. You must be registered for the conference to access the on demand function. We cannot guarantee that all sessions will be recorded.
You can add any available conference documents to your account. You can then email them to yourself or share items with your colleagues by entering their email.

You also can visit the sponsors at their virtual booths in the virtual conference exhibition hall for information on their products/services.